Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Turning on Do Not Track requests, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- Now that I've talked about tracking cookies and what they do, I can tell you about something called a do not track request. This is a feature in a web browser that you can set to tell websites that you don't want to be tracked. Now there's one thing about do not track requests. It is just that. It's a request, meaning the site doesn't necessarily have to obey that request. You're just telling that site that you would rather not be tracked. It's good to turn it on, though, if this is something that you don't want, meaning if you don't want certain ad banners following you around every time you visit a certain site.
To turn it on in Internet Explorer, click the gear icon in the top right-hand side. Hover your mouse over safety and select turn on do not track requests. Click turn on, and the next time you restart your browser, your do not track request will be sent along with you every time you visit a website. Let's look at the Google Chrome browser. I've got Chrome open right now. Click the three lines in the top right-hand side and select settings. This is going to open up a new tab.
Scroll down on the settings page and click show advanced settings. From here, scroll down and place a check box next to send a do not track request with your browsing traffic. Click okay, and your request will be sent, just like it was with Internet Explorer. Let's look at Mozilla Firefox. Click the three lines in the top right-hand side. Select options. Click on the privacy tab, and in the tracking section right at the top, select tell sites that I do not want to be tracked.
Again, it's up to the website whether or not they want to obey your request not to be tracked, but it is one step in minimizing the amount of ad banners that you get while you're visiting the net.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings